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Predicting the 2016 Emmy Nominees (Part I) – Drama

I’ve joked in the past that this is the post-Breaking Bad era, though it doesn’t totally feel like it thanks to Better Call Saul. You could say it’s more of the post-Mad Men era, after Jon Hamm rode off into the sunset with as many Best Actor awards as he could grab. Come July 14th, we’ll see which of our favorite shows, actors and actresses are getting the credit that we know their due.

Emmy voting will begin June 13th, as the networks and streaming services had from March 28th until May 2nd to make submissions. To qualify for this year’s Emmys, a show had to air from June 1st of 2015 to May 31st, 2016. This is why it feels weird when shows from last summer (forever ago) are nominated or may feel looked over from this past year. That’s why Mr. Robot Season 1 will be considered as well as HBO’s Show Me A Hero miniseries.

To prepare for the announcements coming in the middle of July, let’s speculate on which titles and whose names will be called as 2016 Emmy Nominees. Since there are 18 different categories, we’ll break the predictions up into 3 different “Parts” – Drama, Comedy, and Limited Series/TV Movies/Variety Shows. We’ll also determine the number of nominees based on last year’s total per category.

Beginning with the Drama Categories…

Outstanding Drama Series 

Game of Thrones (HBO)

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Last year’s winner has put together a very good follow up season. It’s filled with the twists and heartache that you’ve come to know Game of Thrones by, but also many more “wins” that viewers don’t normally get. HBO’s most popular show is just a few more years from wrapping up, there are more answers than questions and that’s been very satisfying.

Better Call Saul (AMC)

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The sophomore season of the Breaking Bad spinoff has established itself as something completely different from its predecessor, and it’s even better than the first. Whereas Breaking Bad was a suspenseful crime thriller, Better Call Saul is a slower paced Law Dramedy with some elements of the original series. Who knew such a hit show could be developed around a smaller supporting character like Saul, carried by comedic actors (Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean)?

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The fourth season of House of Cards felt like a much needed rebound from the third. Part of the suspense of this show is that you always fear the worst for anyone who gets in Frank Underwood’s way. The tearing down and rebuilding of his relationship with Claire, plus the relevance of an election campaign were especially compelling.

Mr. Robot (USA)

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Mr. Robot’s pilot episode was one of the best in recent years. It was an honest look into the world of hacking, not the superficial “CW spin” or goth look with a strand of hair dyed a different color. The show remained suspenseful and worth watching thanks to the performance of Rami Malek as the ultimate introvert protagonist, which cut through many of the pretentious themes and the blatantly “Fight Club” ripoff. It was still very refreshing and helped legitimize a network that really needed a hit.

Narcos (Netflix)

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Narcos was one of the big surprises of 2015 and had similar storytelling that you’d find in a Scorsese film. Even if most of the dialogue was in subtitles, you could argue that the action and acting helped make this take on the life of Pablo Escobar one of the most suspenseful show’s of the year.

The Americans (FX)

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For years, The Americans has been one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television but has only received two Emmy nominations, one for writing and a win for Margo Martindale’s guest appearance. With Mad Men finally ineligible and Homeland having a weak season (in my opinion), it seems to be now or never for the Russian Spy/Cold War thriller.

Downton Abbey (PBS)

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It was the farewell season. Has to be nominated, right?

Also Consider: 

Billions

 A personal favorite with some of the best writing this year. 

Horace and Pete

Louis C.K.’s web-drama. He didn’t feel he needed to promote it until he noticed nobody was watching it. You’ll be glad if you do.

Homeland

If so, it’ll be by reputation and not merit. Last year was not a good followup to a great 4th season. 

 

Outstanding Lead Actress

Robin Wright, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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Every year I try to predict this category, I go with Robin Wright (and usually lose). You could make an argument that her character shined even more than the iconic Frank Underwood this season.

Julianna Margulies, ‘The Good Wife’ (CBS)

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One of network television’s biggest hits in recent years also said farewell, The Good Wife, and their leading lady literally got slapped in the face (on the show). Hopefully the 12-time nominee will get some love from the Emmys make that feel better.

Tatiana Maslany, ‘Orphan Black’ (SyFy)

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There’s a lot to be said for an actress who plays as many characters as you can count on your hand, and you forget that each one is the same person…and also clones. I just recently jumped on the Orphan Black bandwagon and I get the hype now.

Krysten Ritter, ‘Jessica Jones’ (Netflix)

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In a world (movie trailer guy voice) where superheroes dominate the box office, they also have begun taking over the small screen as well. Netflix expanded the Marvel universe and is doing it the best on television with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The latter has received more acclaim and credibility because of Krysten Ritter’s performance as the whiskey drinking, super-strength wielding private eye.

Eva Green, ‘Penny Dreadful’ (Showtime)

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I am unsure if there is an actress on television right now as scary as Eva Green in Penny Dreadful. She has this unbelievable ability to be so warm and then so terrifying in a blink of an eye. It’s about time she got some love for it.

Viola Davis, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ (ABC)

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Last year’s winner has clearly brought her Oscar nominated acting chops to TV and could be carrying the mantle for network representatives as Margulies seems to be putting it down…for now.

Also Consider:

Claire Danes, ‘Homeland’

I have no doubt she will snag one of the nominations from my predictions above, since she’s been nominated each of the last 4 years. Carrie Mathieson needs some new life, and thankfully the series is taking a year off to find it. 

Taraji P. Henson, ‘Empire’

Nobody puts Cookie in the corner.

Olivia Wilde, ‘Vinyl’

Olivia Wilde really did the best she could with a script that didn’t give her character enough credit. Hope they right that wrong in Season 2. 

Outstanding Lead Actor

Bob Odenkirk, ‘Better Call Saul’ (AMC)

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I love that Bob Odenkirk is where he is now. Comedy is one of the hardest things to do for an actor, and he’s a master of that. So it’s no surprise he’s turned the creation of Saul Goodman into something we all can’t seem to get enough of.

Kevin Spacey, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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You can imagine Spacey will be a staple in this category for as long as House of Cards is running. It’s very interesting how the character has aged in such a short span, but that may be the point the show is making with the “reality of being president”.

Rami Malek, ‘Mr. Robot’ (USA)

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Rami Malek makes Mr. Robot worth watching. He plays the role perfectly and keeps the viewer at edge with what will happen to him next.

Kyle Chandler, ‘Bloodline’ (Netflix)

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I’ll be honest, I didn’t like the newest season of Bloodline. It was too miserable for my taste, but Kyle Chandler’s acting was something worth rooting for. He presents John Rayburn’s fall from grace perfectly and it’s just so damn heartbreaking.

Liev Schreiber, ‘Ray Donovan’ (Showtime)

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Ray Donovan has one of the best casts on television, but the title character is why you watch it. Schreiber was nominated last year for the role, but his best acting was certainly executed in the most recent…I’ll reference the Season 3 finale as enough evidence to earn Schreiber a surprise win.

Damien Lewis, ‘Billions’ (Showtime)

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Both leads in Billions, including Paul Giamatti, deserve nominations. They played off each other perfectly but if one of them has to be named, it should be Lewis. In a day and age where Wall Street is the Big Bad Wolf (another Scorsese reference), Lewis portrays a hedge fund antihero of sorts…or villain you can’t help but cheer for because he is so well written.

Also Consider:

Paul Giamatti, ‘Billions’ 

For the reasons above, but as a Federal Attorney.

Bobby Cannavale, ‘Vinyl’

I didn’t really like Vinyl as a show but Cannavale’s performance alone is enough to watch all 10 episodes of the first season…so is the music.

Wagner Moura, ‘Narcos’

His performance as Pablo Escobar is so unpredictable, just the slightest movement makes you jumpy over what will happen next.

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Uzo Aduba, ‘Orange is the New Black’ (Netflix)

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Last year, Uzo Aduba shifted categories, from comedy to drama, and won again. If you ask me, she’s the best thing Orange is the New Black has going and I probably wouldn’t be looking forward to the next season if it weren’t for her. The erotic novelist arc of “Crazy Eyes” in season 3 was the most entertaining part of the most recent season.

Lena Headey, ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

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Mark my my words, Lena Headey is going to get a win before Game of Thrones is over. She gives some of most powerful performances and scenes on TV’s most talked about show, and her character has gone from hatable to fan favorite in just a year’s span.

Christine Baranski, ‘The Good Wife’ (CBS)

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Christine Baranski has been nominated for each of the last six years and hasn’t come away with a win. She actually has 14 total and hasn’t won since 1995. Her character delivers the aforementioned “slap heard around the world” and is rumored to be getting a spinoff, so she must be doing something right.

Maggie Siff, ‘Billions’ (Showtime)

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Maggie Siff was an absolute scene stealer in the first season of Billions and went toe-to-toe with both of the leads. If there was a “hero” type character on the show, it’s hers and she deserves all the acclaim she gets for her performance.

Constance Zimmer, ‘UnReal’ (Lifetime)

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UnReal is Lifetime’s saving grace from the victim formula movies and bad “Real Story” biopics. Constance Zimmer is a big reason for that, showing you the reality of producing reality television. She could be the breakout that the network needs to be taken seriously.

Regina King, ‘The Leftovers’ (HBO)

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Regina King is one of my favorite actresses, who will likely be nominated again for her role in the American Crime anthology miniseries. She was a great addition to The Leftovers and represents a whole bunch of actresses who could easily fill this category if needed.

Also Consider:

Joanne Froggatt, ‘Downton Abbey’

It’s Downton victory lap.

Maggie Smith, ‘Downton Abbey’

Same reason.

Sissy Spacek, ‘Bloodline’

The story is not much to write home about but there are multiple times you almost expect the Carrie hellfire to rain down on those opposite her. Great acting.

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Peter Dinklage, ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

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Dinklage’s role hasn’t been prevalent as it was in the latest season, but the performance has still been nomination worthy (6 episodes in). Actually, the scene he has taming the dragons could put him over the top again, when push comes to shove. It was everything we’ve come to love about Tyrion Lannister as a character and more.

Jonathan Banks, ‘Better Call Saul’ (AMC)

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The Mike storyline in Better Call Saul has the familiar suspense and danger that we knew and loved from Breaking Bad. Jonathan Banks may be the biggest reason some fans love the show, and I wouldn’t blame them.

Jim Carter, ‘Downton Alley’ (PBS)

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Like many of the other Downton Emmy contenders I’ve mentioned, it’s victory lap time for the show. It would just feel wrong to leave the 4-time nominee out.

Joel Kinnaman, ‘House of Cards’ (Netflix)

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The Killing alum Joel Kinnaman deserved more credit for his performance on that show, and he proved to have even more range after joining House of Cards. He should be nominated alone for making a Republican candidate seem…*gulp*…relatable. Even if it is for a short time.

Alan Alda, ‘Horace and Pete’ (LouisCKNet)

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The role may have originally been written for Joe Pesci (as Louis C.K. has admitted) but what ISN’T Alan Alda good in? It’s kinda funny seeing Hawkeye from M.A.S.H. play a character who represents almost everything he hates.

Also Consider:

Michael Kelly, ‘House of Cards’

If Kinnaman isn’t nominated, Doug Stamper totally will be. 

Christian Slater, ‘Mr. Robot’

He’s riding a lot of momentum after winning a Golden Globe for the award. 

Ben Mendelsohn, ‘Bloodline’

Mendelsohn is turning out to be one of my favorite actors as of late. He may get nominated based on reputation but his character does nowhere near enough as he had in the first season. He’s more of a symbol than a player. 

Stay Tuned for “Part II – Comedy” coming soon. 

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep6 “The Ties That Bind”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

I’ll be honest, I wanted more blood from this episode. While the Stark children are making big waves around the Seven Kingdoms, the Lannister siblings seemed poised to finally get some revenge on the High Sparrow. Even Margaery seemed happy to see Jaime about to charge the temple with Tyrell soldiers, and then Tommen threw one of the biggest of c-blocks you could imagine. While the people of King’s Landing were cheering, nobody at home was.

Meanwhile…

Bran got a big save, Arya said “F that noise”, Samwell had a horrible homecoming, a few old faces made themselves relevant again, and Daenerys looks more empowered than ever.

There were more additions than subtractions to the already 60+ Power Rankings, so try to keep up!

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

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Hard to dethrone Khaleesi when she’s only getting stronger and more empowered. She’s now determined to get her ships to move toward Westeros (which Euron can provide). As I suspected last week, she was also reunited with her strongest dragon. Add Drogon to her arsenal that includes 2 other dragons, her Khalasar, Unsullied, Second Sons, and more freemen.

Daario makes a great point too. Unlike the Baratheons and her own ancestors, Daenerys wasn’t made to sit on a throne. She’s a conquerer. The episode ends with another heart pumping speech to serve as further proof of that.

2. Night’s King (Previously 2nd)

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Even after Hodor held the door, Meera and Bran didn’t seem to get too far. With a mark on Bran, the Night’s King can always track him. He also has a nearly invincible and ever-growing undead army…I say “nearly” because we know several different ways that White Walkers and Wights can be defeated, including dragon glass, Valerian Steel and fire.

So anyone with dragons and Valerian swords have serious upgrades in value when Winter finally comes.

3. Bran Stark (Previously 4th)

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I chose this still because, come on…Bran’s drinking rabbit blood and not flinching over it.

Bran is down Hodor, Children, and his direwolf but has gained his Uncle Benjen and assumed the role of Three-Eyed Raven. After what appears to be some intense Binge Watching of “Game of Thrones” (history), Bran now knows almost everything he needs to and needs to work on controlling his powers. If Benjen is right, Bran is going to be the most important line of defense against the Night’s King.

4. Sansa Stark (Previously 3rd)

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Sansa is now in full army building mode and has some excellent recruiters out making the calls for her. With Brienne going to see the Blackfish, Littlefinger (and the Vail) clearly infatuated with her, plus Davos, Jon and Melisandre recruiting the rest of the North, Sansa’s name and story are the clear rallying point for everyone to unite against Ramsay Bolton.

5. Jon Snow (Previously 5th)

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#BroodingJon has the allegiance of Castle Black, the Wildlings and Sansa. He is also being supported by Stannis’s top 2 advisors, Davos and Melisandre. The whole “half-brother” thing still makes his relationship with Sansa feel a little less like a partnership, but it still should be.

6. High Sparrow (Previously 12th)

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Biggest power move of the episode was Tommen’s alignment with the High Sparrow. Given Tommen’s naivety and total lack of assertiveness, the High Sparrow has taken the reigns pulling the strings of the king and also has the obvious approval of the people. I’m still not sure what the people love about the Sparrows, but that situation does serve as an example for how powerful religious propaganda can be in this world…especially for Tyrion in Meereen.

7. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 7th)

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For now, Tyrion has made all the right moves to keep Meereen standing in Daenerys’s absence. There are still detractors, and some suspicious within his own council (Missandei and Grey Worm) but enlisting Kinvara to smooth over the tension with the Meereen freemen should help. The sooner Daenerys gets home, the better.

8. Queen Margaery (Previously 30th)

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I think we know that Tommen doesn’t make the alliance with the High Sparrow if Margaery doesn’t tell him to. The move doesn’t go over well for her father, grandmother or mother-in-law, but it certainly helps her avoid atonement and reasserts her power with Tommen and the people of King’s Landing. Based on what she told Tommen, I don’t think the situation bodes well for Loras at all.

9. Cersei Lannister (Previously 6th)

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Cersei has this unreal ability to look in control when things crumble around her. She calms down Jaime, although I would’ve loved to see him go all Tombstone Wyatt Earp on the Sparrows, and seems to be very confident in her Trial by Combat odds. The “Us against the World” mantra she has with Jaime certainly suggests she doesn’t care what happens if Tommen gets in her way either.

10. Brynden Tully (Previously NR)

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All of a sudden, “The Blackfish” has become the hottest name in 3 different houses. The Starks, Lannisters and Freys are all concerned with his allegiance and his influence in the North. Walder Frey wants the Riverlands, which Brynden has control of. Sansa and Jon are family and need him when raising their army against Ramsay. Then there’s Jaime, who is being sent on an errand to make sure he does what the Freys say.

11. Benjen Stark (Previously NR)

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Game of Thrones has been very good this season about starting episodes off with something big. This time, Benjen saved the day with some impressive firepower and skills to clear out a Wight attack on Bran. As he tells it, Benjen is a product of the Children trying to right their wrong of creating White Walkers. He was saved the same way they were made, and seems to have developed some of the same fireball throwing skills as the Children. There’s a lot he can teach Bran and Meera too, while also protecting them.

12. Brienne (Previously 15th)

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Also heading to the Riverlands, besides Jaime and the Freys, is Brienne and the Starks’ chances of winning this war ride on her convincing Tully to help them out. Brienne has Jaime’s respect and his sword, Oathkeeper.

13. Ser Davos (Previously 8th)

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As we’ve seen in the past with his pirate friends, Davos is an expert recruiter. Brienne and maybe Sansa may have their doubts about him, but there’s nothing we’ve seen to suggest Davos would turn on the Starks. Davos also seems to have a clear understanding of the real threat to humanity (the White Walkers) and that’s strong enough motivation for him to help unite the North.

14. Kevan Lannister (Previously 31st)

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Well, at least one Lannister is getting his way…Kevan seems to have drawn a clear line between he and his niece and nephew. He also likely had a good feeling his son, Lancel, wasn’t going to come out of Tyrell-Sparrow battle alive. As of now, The Sparrow is in Tommen’s head and Kevan is carrying out their orders.

15. Petyr Baelish (Previously 19th)

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As #TeamStark and #TeamRamsay compete in the arms race for the North, Littlefinger is still the wild card with the Vail’s army. I still have a hard time seeing him go against Sansa though.

16. Varys (Previously 20th)

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Varys sassiness forever. Like Tyrion, he can’t wait for Daenerys to get home. When she returns to Meereen, we’ll have a better idea of what his role in her leadership will be. If Varys is as trusted as he hopes he is, he could reassert himself as winning the “central intelligence” battle with Baelish.

17. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 18th)

Euron

Daenerys wants boats? Euron’s got boats.

18. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 17th)

Ramsay

Another Ramsay-less episode! Woo!

19. Jaime Lannister (Previously 8th)

Jaime

Jaime takes a tumble for losing his standing with Tommen and title as Lord Commander. That doesn’t seem to deter him from wanting to lead the Lannister army, and ironically his interests may align with those he was originally at war with…Ramsay cut ties with the Lannisters by taking Sansa as his wife to make a move on the North. Why should he care if the Blackfish takes sides against the Freys and Boltons then?

His concern is making Dorne and the High Sparrow pay, so readying the soldiers he has wearing his family’s emblem to take them down seem to be the best course now. I also see Brienne playing a role with what goes down at the Riverlands as well.

20. Drogon (Previously 40th)

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He’s baaaaaaaack…Don’t you love the attention to detail Game of Thrones pays to dragon anatomy too?

21. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

Zombie Mountain

#UnleashTheMountain already!

Sidenote: How crazy would it be if the High Sparrow had The Hound all rehabilitated and ready to use in the Trial by Combat?

22. Tormund (Previously 16th)

Tormund

In the arms race for taking the North, Tormund has to convince his own people to follow Jon into battle and I think it’s clear he will.

23. Melisandre (Previously 14th)

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Melisandre’s been quiet since bringing Jon back to life, but she is dedicated to helping him take Winterfell back. When recruiting goes down with the other Northern houses, you could imagine her sorcery and talents for persuasion will help in the effort.

24. Kinvara (Previously 21st)

Kinvara

We still don’t know the extent of Kinvara’s powers but we know they are very significant to what happens next. Until we see her and her priestesses in action, she’s going to tentatively hangout behind Melisandre in the rankings. If the Sparrow can get the people of King’s Landing and the King of Westeros to follow him based on religion, what will Kinvara be able to accomplish in Meereen with Daenerys?

25. Ser Jorah (Previously 9th)

Ser Jorah

I still feel very strong about Jorah going to the Citadel to get cured and a possible team-up with Samwell. That’s all speculation, but at least we know how motivated he is to get better now.

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)

Tommen

Dance, Puppet King. Dance.

27. Daario Naharis (Previously 24th)

Daario

Mine suspicions that Daario helped the Sons of the Harpy organize against Daenerys (for the right price) remain, but he seems to get why she is so powerful. He’s also her second in command, at least until she reaches Meereen. If he’s smart, he stays on the winning side here. I think he’s incredibly smart, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

28. Arya Stark (Previously 34th)

Arya

I’m just so happy Arya is done fighting with sticks…and that she has Needle back. Being at odds with Jaqen and Waif may not be ideal, but at least she made a decision for the kind of person she wants to be. She saw no good reason to kill Lady Crane, so she prevented it from happening. She may be on her own again, but she’s more dangerous now after her training.

29. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 25th)

Edd

If Bran has to face the Night’s King at the wall, Lord Commander Edd will likely be there to help.

30. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 27th)

Rhaegal and Viserion

Daenerys seems to share a strong bond with Drogon than she does her other two dragons, and she isn’t as in control of Rhaegal and Viserion after chaining them. Good thing Tyrion found a connection with them…

31. Wun Wun (Previously 23rd)

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As it stands, Wun Wun is the biggest weapon in the Stark army.

32. Ghost (Previously 28th)

Ghost

Wun Wun may be the biggest, but Ghost could very well be the deadliest. He also has some siblings to get some revenge for.

33. Bronn (Previously 54th)

Bronn

WE FOUND BRONN! At least we did in the teaser for next week’s episode…Bronn has proven to be the most useful weapon for both Lannister brother and that should remain true after Jaime gives him “the biggest bag of gold” ever. Jaime seems intent on putting a dangerous group of assassins around him and Cersei to get their revenge, and apparently Bronn knows some.

34. Samwell Tarly (Previously 52nd)

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This was a huge episode for Sam. He went home, hoping Gilly and baby Samwell would be safe. He took a verbal beating from his father, was practically disowned, and then figured out that neither would probably be as safe as promised. The best thing he could do was bring the ones he loved with him and keep them safe by taking Heartsbane with them. Again, anyone with Valerian swords or dragons are better off than those without them.

35. Meera (Previously 29th)

Meera

Meera joins an elite group of White Walker killers that includes Jon Snow…and Samwell Tarly. I’m still very confident that some Reed history will repeat itself and she will help Bran like her father helped Ned.

36. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 22nd)

Jaqen

Jaqen’s mysteriousness is wearing thin. Sending Waif after Arya either seems lazy or like another test for his once-blind pupil.

37. Gilly (Previously 51st)

Gilly

Hey Gilly, hey….!!!

Her outburst on Sam’s father was awesome and probably the catalyst for him to rebel against him. You have to love her honesty and also her love for Sam.

38. Missandei (Previously 32nd)

Missandei

Missandei’s gotta love how big Daenerys’s leadership circle is getting…not.

39. Grey Worm (Previously 33rd)

Grey Worm

Where Missandei goes, so does Grey Worm.

40. Podrick (Previously 38th)

Podrick

Something big is about to go down at the Riverlands and Pod has a front row seat. Hopefully he does something else awesome to surprise us.

41. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 35th)

Yara

#TeamGreyjoy is in recovery mode. You would think they will be running into another one of our favorite characters while they do.

42. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 36th)

Theon

Theon seems to know his way around Westeros and the other houses better than Yara, but for now he serves her. Still extremely useful for their comeback though.

43. Ellaria Sand (Previously 41st)

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Call me when Dorne is relevant again.

44. Tyene Sand (Previously 42nd)

Tyene

Like…

45. Nymeria Sand (Previously 43rd)

Nymera

…I…

46. Obara Sand (Previously 44th)

Obara

…said.

47. Qyburn (Previously 37th)

Qyburn

Qyburn’s focus is usually where Cersei’s is. Right now, that’s preparing The Mountain for her Trial by Combat coming soon.

 

48. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 10th)

Onella

Big fall for the Queen of Thorns. Her army was basically rendered useless at the steps of the High Sparrow Temple. Her own granddaughter helped make that happen. Now all she can do is sit and shame Cersei (from what we see in the preview for next episode). I don’t think she’s totally done yet though, but I don’t know what she can do until Cersei’s trial.

49. Melessa Tarly (Newbie)

Melessa

Melessa was really sweet when welcoming Sam and Gilly to the Tarly home. She also seems to have some major influence over Randyll, as she went into his decision to keep Gilly and baby Samwell there. I’m not so sure if she’ll be as understanding of Samwell taking them all, and the sword, with him though.

50. Randyll Tarly (Newbie)

Randyl

Well, he seems pleasant…

Randyll was definitely as awful as Samwell had advertised. He also has some Yul Brynner (The King and I) to him. With Heartsbane missing, his backwards-ass ways don’t stand a chance against White Walkers and he will also likely be looking to get it back from his now disowned son.

51. Walder Frey (Previousy NR) 

Walder Frey

Walder’s creepy old and murderous ass is still kicking, apparently. Like he said, House Frey is the laughing stock among all of Westeros. Frey also can’t be held in favor with anyone who pledged their allegiance to Rob Stark either. He has one ace in the hole, Edmure Tully, but will that be enough to sway The Blackfish?

52. Robin Arryn (Previously 45th)

Robin

Just waiting for his Uncle Petyr’s next request…

53. Yohn Royce (Previously 46th)

Royce

…just thankful not to be thrown through a moon roof.

54. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 47th)

Aeron

Someone get this guy a paddle boat.

55. Smalljon Umber (Previously 48th)

Smalljon

Dead to the Starks.

56. Harald Karstark (Previously 49th)

Karstark

Dead to everyone else in the North if the rest of his house goes Stark.

57. Rickon Stark (Previously 50th)

Rickon

Hang in there, little buddy.

58. Waif (Previously 39th)

Waif

Raise your hand if you think she meets Needle soon.

59. Talla Tarly (Newbie)

Talla

The sweetest…but what was that thing about the guy Samwell’s father wants her to marry? That seemed like some possible foreshadowing.

60. Dickon Tarly (Newbie)

Dickon

Samwell’s bro seems like a total Westeros Bro. Not necessarily a bad one, just a product of his environment. You wonder if he’ll be tasked to hunt for Sam (they talked a lot about hunting). If he does go after Sam, will pull the bow on his own brother?

61. Zanrush (Previously 53rd)

Zanrush

Let’s see what this guy and Kinvara’s priestesses can do upcoming episodes.

62. Septa Unella (Previously 56th)

Septa

You live to see another day, Septa…Jaime is coming soon though.

63. Lancel Lannister (Previously 57th)

Lancel

…that goes for you too.

64. Lady Crane (Previously 58th)

Lady Crane

I don’t know how much Lady Crane we’re ever going to see again, but she was important enough to make Arya go against the House of Black and White.

65. Walder Rivers (Previously NR)

Rivers

The Blackfish owes this guy some payback…

66. Lothar Frey (Previously NR)

Lothar Frey

…him too.

67. Lhazareen (Previously 55th)

Lhazareen

We’ll see how highly Lhazareen is regarded when Daenerys returns to Meereen.

68. Izembaro (Newbie)

Izembaro

Might be the last we see of his Acting Troupe, but he is the one in charge of it.

69. Bianca (Newbie)

Bianca

What happens to Bianca now that Lady Crane knows she put a hit out on her? And does she get her money back for the job not getting done?

70. Edmure Tully ( NR)

Nephew Tully

I can’t even imagine what the Freys have been doing to this poor guy. He didn’t even want to get married!

71. Ser Loras (Previously 59th)

Loras

So Margaery sold him out…although I think he technically asked for that?

72. Mace Tyrell (Previously 60th)

Mace

MACE HAD HIS CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING OF SIGNIFICANCE AND HE LOOKED STUPID TRYING. I mean c’mon, someone had to lead his horse for him.

73. Maester Pycelle (Previously 61st)

Pycelle

*Louder Fart Noise*

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More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

Piffcast: Memorial Day 2016 w/ The Next James Bond, Riot Fest and More

For your Memorial Day Listening, Michael and TJ give their guests a breather and cover a vast array of topics all on their own. They discuss their favorites of the NEXT James Bond candidates, some of our favorite video games, the Riot Fest Chicago lineup, Game of Thrones (per usual), and all the tangents that come with.

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep.5 – “What Willis was Talking About”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

There isn’t much you can say after one of the most powerful scenes in the entire series takes place.

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We don’t normally designate rankings for characters who have passed on, but because we finally found out what Willis was talking about

Honorable #1: Hodor

Hodor

Hodor.

1. Daenerys (Previously 1st)

Daenerys

After what we saw what the Night’s King could do, you would think he’d be the obvious #1. Not so fast…

Fire still beats ice, and the Mother of Dragons has plenty of it. Her reputation is spreading and inspiring others across the world (which we’ll get to later). It’s only a matter of time, with the army she’s raising and 3 dragons, until she fulfills the promise she makes to Jorah (and many others) that she’ll rule the 7 kingdoms. Still curious what her reaction will be when she returns to Meereen.

2. Night’s King (Previously 6th)

Night's King

When the Night’s King shows up, it’s hard not say “Holy Shit”. After (if) you get over the loss of Hodor, you can wonder how Winter hasn’t already come yet (that’s your fault if your mind went to the gutter). Placing the tracker on Bran while he was warging, busting through the Three-Eyed Raven’s barrier, striking him down, and probably plotting more…? Let’s hope there’s more to come this season.

3. Sansa Stark (Previously 2nd)

Sansa

Unbelievably strong moment for Sansa, as she laid into Littlefinger with all the gory details. I would’ve still accepted his, although I’m not her and it might not matter because it’s obvious he cares for her…

Sansa is definitely calling the shots too. She schools Davos on how the North thinks. She relays Baelish’s intel on Brynden Tully, The Blackfish. Then she reminds everyone that she has the Stark name for the North to rally behind, over Jon Snow. Making him a cool wolf cloak helped ease that over though.

4. Bran Stark (Previously 28th)

Bran

We got a good look at what Bran could do, as he Warged back in time to alter childhood Hodor into standing up in the present when it mattered most. Was he altering history, or was that just destiny? I think it was the latter…but now he IS the Three-Eyed Raven.

5. Jon Snow (Previously 4th)

Jon

Now that Jon is done being emo, he has a mission and direction. Albeit from his younger half-sister Sansa, but direction is good for a man who just came back from the dead. He also has both of Stannis’s closest advisors following him (one of which that can bring him back from the dead). The Sansa-Jon Tag-Team is one worth rooting for, even on a show that has warned us not to get too attached.

6. Cersei Lannister (Previously 3rd)

Cersei

Cersei is ready for blood and a lot of it. She also has the Hand of the King, the Queen of Thorns, and the King himself under her thumb. Oh yeah, and Zombie Mountain to unleash upon the Sparrows FINALLY.

7. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 7th)

Tyrion

Meanwhile, Tyrion has evidently calmed down the violence in Meereen. Grey Worm gives him and Varys the report that the Sons of the Harpy have cooled down since they made their deal with the Masters and now they have to play the PR game. The propaganda side of the Meereen storyline is very interesting, especially if you want to compare it to what the United States itself has gone through, breaking away from England. You wonder though if he made the right choice entrusting a religious leader…We saw how that all went for his sister, Cersei.

8. Jaime Lannister (Previously 9th)

Jaime

Cersei’s partner-in-crime on the Lannister revenge tour is loving his role in charge of the King’s Guard and plotting to attack on the High Sparrow. They’re using Margaery and even Lancel as motivation for Olenna and Kevan, but his is purely vengeance and he finally has the wherewithal to do something about it.

9. Ser Jorah (Previously 17th)

Ser Jorah

Jorah didn’t have much screen time but he left one hell of an impression. When Daenerys tells you to get cured, you best get cured. You can also tell how much more she cares about him than Daario too. But where does he go now?

My money is on the Citadel for a Samwell/Gilly team-up.

10. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 10th)

Ollena

I’m pretty pumped to see Olenna Tyrell unleash her wrath with an army and not all cloak-and-dagger like she did with Joffrey. What happens though when the Lannister kids get what they want? She’s probably on their list too…

11. Zombie Mountain (Previously 19th)

Gregor Smash

Release the behemoth already.

12. High Sparrow (Previously 12th)

High Sparrow

I am anticipating this raid on his headquarters won’t go as cleanly as the Lannisters expect. There’s a chance they could all just be playing into his hand. He does have a lot of sway with the people of King’s Landing, which Kevan has mentioned before.

13. Ser Davos (Previously 8th)

Davos

Davos did a great job protecting Jon and bringing him back to life, then licked his wounds after hearing about Stannis and Shireen. Now he seems totally onboard with helping Jon and Sansa recruit a northern army. From what we’ve seen in the past, raising Stannis’s arming, he’s a valuable asset in that department.

14. Melisandre (Previously 10th)

Melisandre

In an episode where she didn’t say a word, we still learned more about Melisandre. We got to know her boss (scroll down) and what people think of her across the world, like Varys. She believes Jon is destined to rule, and that still could be true but in a different way than Daenerys. Still gives her purpose and that’s powerful thing on this show.

15. Brienne (Previously 5th)

Brienne

I don’t necessarily like Brienne parting from Sansa, but we know they both can hold their own. When it comes to accomplishing missions, there’s nobody more determined than she is. There has to be something to her putting some doubt in Sansa’s mind regarding Davos and Melisandre…

This reaction to Tormund was the best though.

16. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 13th)

Tormund

#WildlingFlirting at its finest.

17. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 15th)

Ramsay

Gotta love the relief of a Ramsay-less episode.

18. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 33rd)

Euron

Euron is like the love child of Sabertooth Liev Schreiber and Ewan McGregor.

His whole “debate” with Yara for the Kingsmoot was a lot like what I am imagining from Hillary/Trump debates, although he might have been more than effective. I actually don’t hate his plan to align with Daenerys, but I get a feeling his “hubris” is going to do him in.

“Let’s go murder them” might have been the worst/best line from this whole series.

19. Petyr Baelish (Previously 16th)

Petyr Baelish

Sansa served Littlefinger a steaming hot slice of humble pie and it might’ve been the most human we’ve ever seen him. He did pick himself back up quick, was back to being the sly fox he’s always been throwing in the “half-brother” bit about Jon. I still think he and the knights of the Vale are going to be the x-factor when Sansa/Jon vs. Ramsay finally goes down.

20. Varys (Previously 14th)

Varys

Sassy Varys is such an under-appreciated aspect of this show. His knowledge does give him power and that’s why I think so highly of him, but he got knocked back quite a bit after the following interaction…

21. Kinvara (Newbie) 

Kinvara

This is a high ranking for a for a newbie but Kinvara left quite an impression. It takes quite a lot to silence Varys and I don’t think Tyrion knows what he’s gotten himself into by enlisting her. She believes in Daenerys, which she makes clear multiple times in her introduction. What I’m wondering the most is though…

What happens when someone pulls the stone from around her neck? How much older is she than Melisandre?

22. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 23rd)

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We learned a little bit more about Jaqen, how the house came to be and that none of the Many-Faced God’s followers came from aristocracy. We still have more questions than answers about him and hope that latter comes soon.

23. Wun Wun (Previously 20th)

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I can’t wait for more Wun Wun gifs, honestly.

24. Daario Naharis (Previously 18th)

Daario

The most awkward character on the show award goes to…yep. That had to suck seeing Jorah profess his love for Daenerys and she totally go for it, huh Daario?

25. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 21st)

Edd

I loved the Lord Dolorous Edd’s “oh shit, I’m in charge” moment.

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 26th)

Tommen

I feel bad for Tommen. Kid just wants his wife back and he’s getting played from all angles. He is the king though and he’s going to have to realize it soon before someone does him in like his brother Joffrey.

27. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 31st)

Dragons

Ready the dragons! Momma’s coming home.

28. Ghost (Previously 32nd)

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Ghost has ANOTHER sibling to avenge, ugh. Dammit. That was pretty brutal.

29. Meera (Previously 49th)

Meera

MEERA CAN KILL WHITE WALKERS! HOLY SHIT! See what happens when you get off your freezing ass…

30. Queen Margaery (Previously 54th)

Margaery

We’ve left her toward the back of this list for too long. I’m a little worried about her safety during this raid, but Margaery is resourceful and a survivor. She’s “Helen of Troy” for Olenna and Tommen. I can see her helping her odds during the attack as well, perhaps getting some revenge on the High Sparrow or Septa.

31. Kevan Lannister (Previously 38th)

Kevan

Kevan is following his niece’s lead to get his son back, but I think he’s going to come away from this whole thing REALLY disappointed…

32. Missandei (Previously 34th)

Missandei

There are two sides rising right now, the Starks and Daenerys. Daenerys’s is a bit less trusting of each other but Missandei seems to understand what Tyrion and Varys are doing in her absence.

33. Grey Worm (Previously 35th)

Greyworm

Grey Worm is likely less onboard than Missandei but he goes where she and Daenerys do. The results seemed to convince him a little better too, after the deal with the Masters

34. Arya Stark (Previously 24th)

Arya

Arya, sorry…No Name seemed to be picking up moment to her story, but then it went back to quicksand as she appears to still be learning things. Hopefully her new mission gets the Braavos storyline back going again.

35. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 22nd)

Yara

Well, that whole Kingsmoot thing didn’t go according to plan…Evidently Yara still has loyalists though, including her brother. My hope is that the Greyjoys make a run for wherever either Jon and Sansa or Brienne are heading.

36. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 25th)

Theon

Don’t lie. You were proud of Theon standing up for his sister with that nice speech. It helps that he knows his way around Westeros as well as anyone and has pull with Sansa.

Question though: Why didn’t the cheers he got during his speech count as enough for Yara getting the crown? That whole Kingsmoot voting process was bullshit.

37. Qyburn (Previously 39th)

Qyburn

Think Qyburn’s got some tricks to share with the Lannisters and Zombie Mountain for their upcoming raid?

38. Podrick Payne (Previously 37th)

Podrick

Pod and Brienne back out on their own again. Personally, I think it ups his value but I’m waiting to see his next surprise.

39. Waif (Previously 51st)

Waif

Gawd, enough with the stick fights! Apparently she can still kick Arya’s ass, even when she can see…and without a stick. Stick to that, please. (See what I did there?)

40. Drogon (Previously 48th)

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My hope is that Daenerys runs back into Drogon on the way back to Meereen. That would be nice…and reassuring that he’s okay.

41. Ellaria Sand (Previously 29th)

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Call me when Dorne is relevant again.

42. Tyene Sand (Previously 40th)

Tyene

Like…

43. Nymeria Sand (Previously 41st)

Nymera

…I…

44. Obara Sand (Previously 42nd)

Obara

…said.

45. Robin Arryn (Previously 43rd)

Robin

You’d think he’d be mad about Sansa rejecting Littlefinger’s help but I don’t think he really cares…about anything.

46. Yohn Royce (Previously 57th)

Royce

If the Vale helps anyone in the upcoming Northern war, Royce seems like a difference maker as a commander in that instance. He’s just lucky not to be thrown out the Moon Roof at this point, so he could do some redeeming.

47. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 44th)

Aeron

Way to help your niece and nephew out when Euron called for the “murder party”, jerk.

48. Smalljon Umber (Previously 45th)

Smalljon

We got some clarity on where Umber stands, or more so his standing with Sansa and Jon. They’re pretty prepared to let him rot for turning over Rickon.

49. Harald Karstark (Previously 46th)

Karstark

Harald, on the other hand, just became much more interesting…at least his family name is. Sansa believes the Karstark’s could be swayed, now that she and Jon are gunning for Ramsay. Harald may get left behind by his own kin, or will just fall in line if they realign with the Starks.

50. Rickon Stark (Previously 47th)

Rickon

Hang in there, little buddy.

51. Gilly (Previously 52nd)

Gilly

I get a bad feeling Gilly is going to be pissed with Sam when she meets his family.

52. Samwell Tarley (Previously 53rd)

Samwell

For the reason above…sorry, Sam.

53. Zanrush (Newbie)

Zanrush

I have no idea what this guy’s importance is, but being Kinvara’s guy could have some perks.

54. Bronn (Previously 55th)

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Can we put Bronn on a milk carton now? File for missing person’s or something?

 

55. Lhazareen (Previously 50th)

Lhazareen

Still waiting on the Missandei jealousy stare.

56. Septa Unella (Previously 58th)

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She’s so dead…

57. Lancel Lannister (Previously 59th)

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…him too.

58. Lady Crane (Newbie)

Lady Crane

Big question mark this woman’s importance. Who wants her dead and why? Oh wait, a servant can’t ask questions.

59. Ser Loras Tyrell (Previously 60th)

Loras

Broken.

60. Mace Tyrell (Previously 61st)

Mace

Useless.

61. Maester Pycelle (Previously 62nd)

Pycelle

*Fart noise*

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More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

Piffcast: Chris Petlak and Jim Kozyra Kick Out ‘THE JAMZ’ on Netflix

The creators/writers/co-executive producers/stars of The Jamz, Chris Petlak and Jim Kozyra, join the show! We discuss how the workplace comedy came together, the New York Television Festival and Indie TV, influences for the show and characters, plus filming in and identifying with Chicago. Jim, Chris, TJ and I also hold a “Favorite Chicago-based Films and TV shows Draft”. You can let us know who won and also watch the show on Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and XBOX. (23:17 mark, if you want to jump ahead)

Meanwhile, a congratulations is in order for TJ, spoiler-less reaction to Game of Thrones, superhero show rankings, and a preview of the upcoming Summer TV that we’re looking forward to.

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep4 “Bow To Your Khaleesi!”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

Besides that amazing ending to the 4th episode of this 6th season, there were also some major teams being formed as well. First, major fist pump for Jon and Sansa! Theon and Yara are starting a campaign before the Kingmoot. Cersei and Jaime finally have the Queen of Thorns and Kevan on their side. Then Tyrion and Varys did some wheeling and dealing.

So which of these alliances are #1 Contenders for the Tag-Team Title Belts?

 

Now for the Rankings…

1. Daenerys Stormborn (Previously 22nd)

Daenerys

Say what you will about Beyonce or Taylor Swift, but right now…Daenerys > All.

She didn’t need dragons to prove her point this time because SHE IS ONE. With the help of #TrueDectiveSeason3 (Jorah & Daario, in case you’re new here), she burned the whole Dothraki infrastructure down to the ground. You have to love how she just smiled as Khal Moro flung every insult possible her way before lighting every single one of his cohorts up in their council. Now she has added to her forces with the entire Dothraki population and can return to Meereen to raise more hell before heading west.

2. Sansa Stark (Previously 13th)

Sansa

This was certainly a moment we all hoped for and I appreciate the Game of Thrones showrunners for not prolonging it any longer. In Castle Black and with Jon’s support, Sansa can build the army she rightfully deserves. It also took her forcing the issue of saving Rickon and the North from Ramsay for Jon to get his head out of his ass a little too. This is where Sansa’s revenge officially begins.

3. Cersei Lannister (Previously 4th)

Cersei

It’s funny how “Mean Girls”-ish the Small Council was being toward Cersei and Jaime. Cersei has Tommen’s trust now and even without “authority and dignity” (as Ollena points out) she has the trust of the small council again too, using Margaery’s atonement as leverage. Now is her chance to destroy the High Sparrow.

4. Jon Snow (Previously 1st)

Jon

I think it’s understandable to have some melancholy after being brought back from the dead, but nobody wanted to see Jon leave Castle Black. Sansa gives him purpose now. Although he seems unsure of the decision he’s making, Rickon in danger and revenge for Sansa should be enough motivation to kick Ramsay’s ass.

5. Brienne (Previously 14th)

Brienne

Brienne held NOTHING back in this episode. “Oh you guys miss Stannis? I executed that bitch.” Now she’s established herself as a force within Castle Black and can better protect Sansa if the dangerous people there respect her.

6. Night’s King (Previously 6th)

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The Night’s King will occupy this spot until we see him again, which appears to be next week. All you need for reference is  the “Hardhome” episode.

7. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 2nd)

Tyrion

Tyrion didn’t make any new friends by negotiating with the Masters, but you can see why he was doing it. As we learned from Michael Corleone in The Godfather, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”. He makes a good point that he, Missandei and Grey Worm should have the upper-hand as the Masters underestimate them, but it all may be posturing for when Daenerys returns.

8. Ser Davos (Previously 3rd)

Davos

Davos has been great so far this season but now he’s asking questions for answers he probably doesn’t want to hear. Learning that both Stannis and Shireen take the wind out of him, as they were practically his family. Now he’s left with a choice to serve #TeamStark in the war to come or turn his back on them because Brienne killed his king and Melisandre sacrificed his favorite person in the world.

9. Jaime Lannister (Previously 12th)

Jaime

Not only did Jaime establish his place in the small council again, but he already had a strategy prepared for Kevan and the Queen of Thorns. Kevan may be the hand but Jaime is obviously calling the shots on this plan to get Margaery back and “hopefully” kill the High Sparrow.

10. Melisandre (Previously 7th)

Melisandre

We can see the Red Woman has purpose again as she has obviously pledged allegiance to Jon Snow. Davos’s questions have her reeling a little though, especially the when he points out that Stannis trusted in her more than anyone. It’s still tough to contend with someone who can fire off “blood assassinations” and bring the dead back to life.

11. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 29th)

Ollena

Big jump for the Queen of Thorns as she sets aside her differences with the Lannister siblings in order to save Margaery and Ser Loras. Jaime and Cersei may just be using her and her motivation only to kill the High Sparrow, but we’re going to see Olenna in all her fiery glory sending her army into action. “Many people will die anyway” was my favorite line from that entire exchange.

12. The High Sparrow (Previously 8th)

High Sparrow

He may have the upperhand for now but, man…I am TIRED of this jerk. The weekly soliloquies are getting old and more annoying. I found myself sounding like Homer Simpson while he told that story about his upbringing to Margaery…

13. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 9th)

Tormund

Is it me or does Tormund have a HUGE crush on Brienne? He had that “love at first sight” look on his face as she rode in on her horse. He just stared at her while munching on some meat…

Let’s come up with a ship (relationship) name for Tormund and Brienne before someone else does! Send your name with a hashtag to me on Twitter ASAP!

14. Varys (Previously 5th)

Varys

Varys didn’t have much to say in this episode, but he did bring the Masters to Mereen to hear Tyrion out. Gaining anyone’s trust makes him more dangerous and powerful. Interested to see where that leads to next week as we see the effects of the deal they made.

15. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 10th)

Ramsay

We learned nothing new about Ramsay. He sucks as a human being and has no regard for any life at all. It’s unfortunate that Osha was brought back after being gone for years to just get killed in his lap. He has also called out Jon Snow, which we hope will be the dumbest decision of his life. Karma’s has to catch up at some point.

16. Petyr Baelish (Previously 18th)

Little Finger

Little Finger’s first appearance this season is a strong one. Like Varys, he knows everything and used his knowledge against Robin’s top general. Robin, like Tommen, may be in charge but we know Baelish is really the one in charge. He is also lending his forces for Sansa’s protection, which should be interesting considering he gave her to Ramsay in the first place.

17. Ser Jorah (Previously 36th)

Jorah

#TrueDetectiveSeason3 finally solved their mystery by finding Daenerys. Jorah takes a lot of shit from Daario throughout the episode, age jokes and not being good enough for Dany. But it was Jorah’s experience and savviness that gets he and Daario to Daenerys undetected. At the end of the episode, it’s Jorah who keeps his head up as everyone, including Daario, bows in awe of the Kahleesi too.

18. Daario Naharis (Previously 37th)

Daario

If Daario wasn’t totally onboard following Daenerys before, he seems to be now. His lack of discipline paid off when he saved Jorah with his trusty knife. But I don’t think he was prepared to see what transpired at the end of the episode. After all the bragging and picking on Jorah, Daario was the one most humbled of the two as he bowed and adverted his eyes.

19. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

Gregor Smash

I can’t wait for Zombie Mountain to be unleashed on the Sparrows. Do it! Do it now!

20. Wun Wun (Previously 15th)

Wun Wun Enters

Also looking forward to this beast being unleashed on the Bolton army.

21. Lord Commander Edd (Previously 16th)

Edd

Dolorous Edd being in charge of the Night’s Watch certainly frees Jon up to focus on defeating the Boltons. His loyalty to Jon only improves #TeamStark’s forces too.

22. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 32nd)

Yara

Yara had a lot of frustrations to unload on Theon and that was pretty evident. She didn’t want to hear sorries but wasn’t going to let him be the prodigal son either. Accepting his help as she makes a run at control of the Iron Islands was smart though.

23. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 29th)

Jaqen

It would seem we’re going to learn what’s next in Braavos very soon. Hopefully that means we learn more about the super mysterious Jaqen too.

24.  “No One” formerly Arya (Previously 20th)

Arya

“No One” is going to feel really left out when she finds out Jon and Sansa are taking the fight to Ramsay without her. It would seem she has some work to do in Braavos first…

Sidenote: Does anyone else anticipate a reunion with The Hound coming soon? I don’t think he’s dead…

25. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 35th)

Theon

Theon’s home. Yay. He’s also pledging allegiance to his sister, which is probably the best call considering he betrayed her in the rescue attempt. Does being the original heir to the throne give he and his sister enough sway before the Kingsmoot?

26. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 27th)

Tommen

Good for Tommen, breaking promises with The High Sparrow to help his mother. You wonder if the High Sparrow expected that though and whether or not there’s another trick up the priest’s sleeve. However, Tommen seems to FINALLY be doing something to get Margaery back and that’s a good thing.

27. The Three-Eyed Raven (Previously 23rd)

Raven

Where will Doc Brown be taking Bran next as they go “Back to the Future”…or past, whatever.

28. Bran Stark (Previously 24th)

Bran

The teaser for the next episode shows Bran seeing the Night’s King for the first time. Learning more about the enemy gets him closer to learning “everything” and hopefully that gets him closer to channeling the dragons to defeat the White Walkers.

29. Ellaria Sand (Previously 28th)

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Can we get a “Meanwhile, in Dorne…” soon? It’s weird that Ellaria played such a big part in the premiere and we haven’t seen her since.

30. Leaf (Previously 25th)

Leaf

Want to see Leaf in some action again soon, but throwing fireballs keeps her in the Top 30.

31. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 21st)

Dragons

As the people of Meereen grow restless, the two dragons on-site are Tyrion’s best chance at keeping order before Daenerys returns.

32. Ghost (Previously 26th)

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Ghost now knows his brother Shaggydog is dead. Time for payback…

33. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 31st)

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Similar to Ellaria, Euron made his power move early on and we haven’t heard from him since. The Kingsmoot is near and obviously he will be challenging Yara and Theon for control of the Iron Islands. This could get messy because it’s apparent he’s a little crazy…By the way, is it me or does he have some Liev Schreiber to his look?

34. Missandei (Previously 46th)

Missandei

This was a big episode for both Missandei and Grey Worm. We understood a bit more why neither of them are totally cool with Tyrion. She keeps Tyrion in check a little reminding him that he wasn’t a slave for nearly as long as she and Grey Worm were. When it mattered most too, Missandei even quoted Tyrion to back him in front of the disgruntled freed Meereen citizens.

35. Grey Worm (Previously 47th)

Grey Worm

As mentioned just prior, big episode for Grey Worm. You have to appreciate his assertiveness with Tyrion but still supporting him in front of the citizens. Grey Worm doesn’t understand politics like Tyrion and Varys do, but he does know the Masters in this land better. We may learn fast that things don’t roll the same way here as they do in the west where Tyrion is from, diplomatically.

36. Hodor (Previously 35th)

Hodor

Hodor.

37. Podrick Payne (Previously 48th)

Podrick

Podrick looked pretty badass riding in with Brienne and Sansa. Didn’t get a word in at the dinner table, but hey…that’s not his thing.

38. Kevan Lannister (Previously 38th)

Kevan

We’re learning quickly that Kevan is not as overpowering as his late brother but it’s good to see him come around Jaime and Cersei’s way of thinking. He’s also motivated to get Lancel back. Unfortunately, I don’t think Lancel comes out of this thing safely.

39. Qyburn (Previously 30th)

Qyburn

Lurking in the basement shadows, giving candy to kids, trying to be Varys…things seem to be going alright for Qyburn and he’s got Maester Pycelle looking for his shoulder too.

40. Tyene Sand (Previously 34th)

Tyene

Lack of Dorne screen-time makes it tough to keep Tyene high in this list or much higher than her sisters. But you have to like her best of the three, based on her history so far.

41. Nymeria Sand (Previously 43rd)

Nymera

…yep…

42. Obara Sand (Previously 44th)

Obara

Did “Obara’s Not Impressed face” catch on yet?

 

43. Robin Arryn (Previously NR)

Robin

First appearance for Robin since Sansa’s SLAP last season was pretty important, especially for Sansa. I actually didn’t even consider this kid would grow like Bran did, but he has an army and he has entrusted decision making to Little Finger.

44. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 38th)

Aeron

You get a feeling Aeron is going to rise on this list after the Kingsmoot.

45. Smalljon Umber (Previously 41st)

Smalljon

My fingers are still crossed for a double-cross from Smalljon.

46. Harald Karstark (Previously 42nd)

Karstark

Whatever Smalljon was referring to regarding Harald and children makes me really nervous about Rickon.

47. Rickon Stark (Previously 45th)

Rickon

…at least Rickon is serving as motivation for Jon and Sansa to take out Ramsay.

48. Drogon (Previously 53rd)

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Whenever you’re done licking your wounds, Drogon, feel free to come back.

49. Meera (Previously 54th)

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Anyone else think Meera’s just been sitting in that same spot this entire time, outside of the cave? Bran seeing her father in his Tower of Joy vision should increase her importance sooner than later.

50. Lhazareen (Newbie)

Lhazareen

Missandei might get jealous of Dany’s new friend.

51. Waif (Previously 49th)

Waif

What’s next for Waif, now that she can’t pick on Arya anymore?

52. Gilly (Previously 39th)

Gilly

I just pictured Gilly singing “I’m on a Boat!” by Lonely Island. Someone should make that video asap.

53. Samwell Tarley (Previously 40th)

Samwell

…and Samwell’s still puking.

54. Queen Margaery (Previously 51st)

Margaery

Margaery seems to have a good understanding of what the High Sparrow is trying to do with her and Lancel but the sooner she can get rescued, the better.

55. Bronn (Previously 52nd)

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WHERE’S BRONN?

56. Khal Savo’s widow (Previously 50th)

Khal Wife

Not so much like Daenerys now, are ya?

57. Yohn Royce (Previously NR)

Royce

Yohn should probably be much higher on this list because he is a commander, but Robin was THIS close to throwing him out of the Moon Door…

58. Septa Unella (Previously 56th)

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Your time will come, Septa. And it’s coming soon.

59. Lancel Lannister (Previously 57th)

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Bringing up Lancel as a reason for Kevan to help Cersei only makes it more obvious he’s going to die.

60. Ser Loras Tyrell (Previously 58th)

Loras

Loras has seen better days. Just not sure if those will be coming anytime soon…or ever again.

61. Mace Tyrell (Previously 59th)

Mace

This guy is so unimportant that he wasn’t even present at this last small council meeting.

62. Maester Pycelle (Previously 60th)

Pycelle

Keep farting, old man. This is where you’ll be for a long time.

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Previous Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

Game of Thrones + Star Wars = Tower of Joy Lightsaber Battle

There aren’t enough fire emojis to do Sunday night’s Game of Thrones episode justice.

There were some major moves made for some characters to rise in our weekly Game of Thrones Power Rankings. The S6 Ep4 list will be up on Tuesday. Here are the current rankings, if you’re curious.

Until then, enjoy what the World Wide Web has blessed us with…

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YouTuber and apparent Internet genius, EricThePooh, disabled the embed option but you can see the full video here. You may have been blue-balled a little, due to the Three-Eyed Raven’s abrupt ending to the flashback. However, Ser Arthur Dayne wielding two red lightsabers might be even better than all of Darth Maul’s collective screen-time in The Phantom Menace.

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Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep3 “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

This wasn’t the most exciting of episodes for many, but it was for me. Jon’s awake and alive. The Tower of Joy fight scene was excellent. Arya aka ‘No One’ is finally getting interesting again. Cersei and Jaime are back to being Cersei and Jaime. And…

…justice was served. Suck it, Olly

1. Jon Snow (Previously 1st)

Jon

Nothing makes sense to Jon after he’s woken up. The last thing he remembers was Olly and the conspirators stabbing him in the heart for doing what he felt was right. Then he he got to know “nothing” really well in the afterlife. As Tormund said, the men baring witness to Jon’s resurrection see him as a god. He has also freed himself from his duties of the Night’s Watch…because he served until it ended (he died).

Where does Jon go now? He has the support of Castle Black, the Wildlings, Davos and Melisandre. Hopefully Sansa catches him in time before he goes anywhere.

2. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 2nd)

Tyrion

Tyrion quoting himself as “a wise man” and wanting to play “Never Have I Ever…” was one of my favorite things from this young season. As slow as the Meereen storyline may be, Tyrion is in his element calling shots and gathering every bit of an advantage as he can against those who oppose him. You also get the feeling he was trying to dig into Greyworm and Missandei’s pasts a little too.

3. Ser Davos (Previously 3rd)

Davos

“Now go fail again.”

Davos seems like the ultimate bring-back-to-life coach. As Melisandre comes in throwing prophecies and purpose at Jon after JUST RISING FROM THE DEAD, Davos slows the roll while instilling some direction. He and Melisandre are similar in the way that they are better served as council and motivation for their leader. Davos is much less abrasive than Melisandre which should help Jon transition to his new arc better.

4. Cersei Lannister (Previously 5th)

Cersei

Technically Cersei isn’t the queen, but she sure is acting like one. Since regaining Tommen’s trust, Cersei is back to her old self and looking for vengeance. She has Varys’s “little birds” reporting to her about everything everyone is saying (if only she had Twitter), Jaime, and Zombie Mountain. The old folks that walked away from her at the table might be in for a rude awakening.

5. Varys (Previously 10th)

Varys

Seeing Varys pull the backdoor deals is an underrated aspect to the show. It is indeed a game for power and as the G.I. Joes say, “knowing is half the battle.” Varys also takes an honorable approach, choosing negotiations over torture to find out about the Meereen’s conspirators.

6. Night’s King (Previously 6th)

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The Night’s King will occupy this spot until we see him again. All you need for reference is  the“Hardhome” episode.

 

7. Melisandre (Previously 4th)

Melisandre

This was Melisandre’s “Young Frankenstein” moment, although after the fact. Getting shown the door, subtly, puts her behind Davos but they both have the same goals for Jon. Davos sees Jon as a beacon of justice for Westeros and Melisandre sees him as the destined ruler. I don’t see her allowing Jon to leave Castle Black without her by his side, based on her prophecy.

8. The High Sparrow (Previously 12th)

Sparrow

The High Sparrow is a master manipulator, isn’t he?  Seeing him sit down and bring King Tommen to his level on the bench signified the power he may have. I also get the feeling Tommen is being used as bait to get the Sparrow’s hopes up before Cersei brings it all crashing down. This is a game, after all.

9. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 8th)

Tormund

The Wildling leader is by far the most distinctive in both appearance and presence. Providing some comic relief for Jon was cool too. Similar to Melisandre and Davos, he and his army will likely go where Jon goes.

10. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 14th)

Ramsay

It’s hard to hate any character on TV more than this one, but everything seems to be coming up Ramsay these days. He defeated Stannis’s army. Winterfell is his. And now he has his Stark (Rickon). Nobody wins forever on this show though. Umber may have tipped us off a little, using Roose pledging his allegiance to Rob Stark as an example of why he won’t kneel to Ramsay.

11. Zombie Mountain (Previously 11th)

Mountain

Pretty sure Zombie Mountain made Maester Pycelle shit himself. When Ser Gregor Clegane gets to participate in another trial by combat, there’s going to be a lot more of that happening…and blood.

12. Jaime Lannister (Previously 13th)

Jaime

Jaime is doing and saying all the right things by his family and King’s Landing. He also gave the elders, like his uncle and the Tyrells, a chance to work together. He leads the King’s Guard and that will come in handy when he and Cersei take the Sparrow’s keep.

13. Sansa Stark (Previously 7th)

Sansa

Getting to Castle Black will be huge for Sansa. Even without Jon in charge, Dolorous Edd sympathizes with him and likely will with Sansa as well. Word can then spread that the Starks are back in business, that the Wildlings are united with Castle Black, and hopefully “the North remembers” what the Boltons did.

14. Brienne (Previously 9th)

Brienne

It would be nice for Brienne to finally get some backup, especially protecting Sansa. We’ve seen her hold her own in a Bolton camp, in King’s Landing and in battle. Working with the Night’s Watch should be an upgrade in circumstances.

15. Wun Wun (Previously 15th)

Wun Wun Enters

Stone Cold Wun Wun. I’m going to have THIS in everyone’s heads when they see him again.

16. LORD COMMANDER Edd (Previously 18th)

Edd

Dolorous Edd stepped up and took over for Jon on top of the wall in battle. He does it again for all of Castle Black. Having fought at Hardhome gives him better experience than most to lead the Night’s Watch when Winter finally comes too.

17. Khal Moro (Previously 18th)

Khal Moro

From within the giant Dothraki camp, Khal Moro is the best chance Daenerys has. He obviously respects her and could have punished her for going out on her the minute he met her. So he will have some sway when the council that decides her fate meets. I also think he will key for any possible alliance Daenerys forms with the Dothraki and her city of Meereen.

18. Petyr Baelish (Previously 21st)

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As Civil War appears to be shaping up in the North, Little Finger is going to play a major role in who wins. My money is on his feelings for Sansa Stark, which I already believe is the winning side.

19. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 28th)

Jaqen

Mr. Mysterious seems to have big plans for Arya in Braavos and maybe further, as he has her hit list and all he would need to know about her. And he can take away and give back sight, so he gets more interesting every episode.

20.  “No One” formerly Arya (Previously 33rd)

Arya

A girl has no name, so I guess we can’t call her Arya anymore…

Now that she’s graduated from the Daredevil school of blind fighting, “No One” is more dangerous than ever. I hope someone has dubbed the Rocky IV montage music to her “training scene” too.

21. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 24th)

Dragons

Best thing Tyrion (and Daenerys) has going for himself are these dragons. When diplomacy fails, dragon fire will certainly do when it comes to those trying to overthrow Meereen.

22. Daenerys Stormborn (Previously 12th)

Daenerys

We’ve seen this movie before with Daenerys, and come on…ENOUGH of the name dropping already, please? That doesn’t seem to be going well so far this season. The Khal widow trying to compare herself to Daenerys doesn’t realize who she’s dealing with though, and I don’t see the Dothraki council’s decision playing much of a factor in her future with her best men and probably a dragon looking for her.

23. The Three-Eyed Raven (Previously 22nd)

Raven

Okay, Raven…what have you been doing with Bran for the last year if he hasn’t learned “everything” already? If it wasn’t for the Three-Eyed Raven, we wouldn’t have seen that awesome fight scene from the Tower of Joy. But then again, he did cut it short on us…That’s so Raven.

24. Bran Stark (Previously 23rd)

Bran

Learn EVERYTHING already, Bran. Then change the world like you were meant to.

25. Leaf (Previously 29th)

Leaf

She throws fireballs, guys. Like Super Mario.

26. Ghost (Previously 27th)

Ghost

I’d say Ghost has some revenge to exact on the jerks who keep killing his family members…just saying.

27. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 19th)

Tommen

I want to think Tommen is playing The Sparrow and trying to earn his trust, but nothing has really suggested that he isn’t easily manipulated by anyone. He wants to see his wife and he wants to make things up to his mother. Hopefully his balls have dropped finally and he can start acting like a king to make both happen.

28. Ellaria Sand (Previously 20th)

Ellaria Sand

Haven’t seen Ellaria since she made Dorne bloody with Martel blood, but she is in charge. However, now she’s got Cersei’s birds spying on her…so have fun with that.

29. Olenna Tyrell (Previously 45th)

Queen of Thorns

The “Queen of Thorns” finally graced us with her presence, but I don’t think she’s being very savvy by being defiant with Cersei and Jaime. We know she doesn’t care for either of them, being responsible for Joffrey’s death, but they are probably the best chance she has to getting Margaery out. Then again, Cersei is the reason why both Margaery and Loras are in the mess that they are…so point taken.

30. Qyburn (Previously NR)

Qyburn

The original Dr. Frankenstein on the show has now found out how Varys gathered his information. Be honest though, you were worried those candied plums were poisoned too. Things like that happen in King’s Landing.

31. Euron Greyjoy (Previously 25th)

Euron

“I am the storm.” – Looking forward to what that means in the upcoming episode and how it will effect Theon’s return.

32. Yara Greyjoy (Previously 26th)

Yara

There seem to be a lot of politics going on in this season. A Dothraki council deciding Daenerys’s fate. A high council in King’s Landing at odds. Meereen’s council dealing with surrounding cities. Now another deciding who will lead the Iron Islands. Yara has put in the time to rule and become the first woman to do so. What will Theon returning and Euron have to do with that though?

33. Kevan Lannister (Previously 38th)

Kevan

Kevan not listening to his niece and nephew at the council table reminded me of, well…Congress. Not being proactive to avenge them and standing by while the king’s wife is still being held by the High Sparrow isn’t a good look for the current Hand.

34. Tyene Sand (Previously 31st)

Tyene

If attention is being brought back to Dorne, as Cersei and Jaime have suggested, that only means Tyene will be back in action. She would also appears keen enough to snuff out Qyburns newly recruited birds.

35. Hodor (Previously 30th) 

Hodor

What you talk’n bout, Willis…er…Hodor?

36. Ser Jorah Marmont (Previously 36th)

Jorah

#TrueDetectiveSeason3 continues…

And you can imagine Ser Jorah will catch up to Daenerys in time before this Dothraki council seals her fate.

37. Daario Naharis (Previously 37th)

Daario

…part 2 of #TrueDetectiveSeason3. My suspicions have shifted a little from Daario to the other Meereen power couple, but not entirely…

38. Aeron Greyjoy (Previously 44th)

Aeron

It would appear Aeron will have a lot to say when it comes to who leads the Iron Islands next. How much will it matter though?

39. Gilly (Previously 49th)

Gilly

Gilly’s joy at sea was so delightful. Having a stronger stomach puts her ahead of Samwell too, but you have to admire her for trusting his decision to leave her and Little Sam with his family. Kinda get a feeling how that will go though…

40. Samwell Tarley (Previously 48th)

Samwell

Samwell has no idea what Jon’s been through. It’s going to be fun to see when he finds out. Training to become a Maester will make a big difference to assist Jon, but you have to wonder how safe he and Gilly will be with a family that sent him to Castle Black in the first place.

41. Smalljon Umber (Newbie)

Smalljon

I’m wildly torn on Smalljon Umber. Talking down to both Ramsay and Harald Karstark was very entertaining. Killing Shaggydog and handing Rickon over to them was not. I’m still not totally sure Ramsay should be trusting him, which counts as hope for the rest of us…I guess?

42. Harald Karstark (Previously 49th)

Karstark

Harald has positioned himself nicely in a potential empire, but nobody who gets close to Ramsay stays there…or alive.

43. Nymeria Sand (Previously 40th)

Nymera

Still doing great Indiana Jones impressions, I’m sure.

44. Obara Sand (Previously 41st)

Obara

The “Obara’s Not Impressed” face would make a pretty good meme.

45. Rickon Stark (Previously 52nd)

Rickon

Hey, it’s Rickon! Oh no, Ramsay has him. Sucks to be Rickon.

46. Missandei (Previously 42nd)

Missandei

Missandei hasn’t been particularly warm to Tyrion or his methods of managing Meereen. She knows the Masters’ practices pretty well and scoffs at Tyrion’s suggestion that they’ll try to be diplomatic with the leaders of the other cities. When Tyrion suggested they play a game to learn about her and Grey Worm’s pasts, that got me wondering whether or not there was more to her story than we knew.

47. Grey Worm (Previously 43rd)

Grey Worm

Where Missandei goes these days, Grey Worm follows. He also seems tentative around Tyrion. I don’t see him turning on his own Unsullied, but he would do anything for her…I hope I’m wrong about this notion.

48. Podrick Payne (Previously 34th)

Pod

I know this is a hefty slide for Pod, but I’m not sure how useful he’ll be in Castle Black. Then again, Pod is just full of surprises.

49. Waif (Previously 32nd)

Waif

Well, now that Arya’s training is done, who is Waif going to take joy in beating up now?

50. Khal Savo’s widow (Newbie)

Khal widow

This woman should be enough motivation for Daenerys to not stick around Vaes Dothrak. This is you if you stick around, Stormborn.

51. Queen Margaery (Previously 46th) 

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Margaery’s situation remains shitty until Tommen, Cersei and the King’s Guard make their move on the Sparrows. But she’s serving as motivation for them and her grandmother to do something soon.

52. Bronn (Previously 47th)

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When does Jaime enlist Bronn for help again? I hope soon.

53. Drogon (Previously 50th)

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…still licking his wounds, I suppose?

54. Meera (Previously 51st)

Meera

Still feeling sorry for herself, but her father being a part of Bran’s vision of the Tower of Joy should change things, and hopefully will bring the two closer together.

55. Osha (Previously 53rd) 

Osha

Being presented to Ramsay as a gift is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy…Then again, I’m a pretty spiteful person.

56. Septa Unella (Previously 54th)

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Your time will come, Septa. (so says the Iron Maiden tune)

57. Lancel Lannister (Previously 57th)

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…yours too, Lancel. Probably in the Trial By Combat against Zombie Mountain. Don’t suppose Cersei will hesitate to let him get crushed.

58. Ser Loras Tyrell (Previously 56th)

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Still don’t feel great about Loras’s odds.

59. Mace Tyrell (Previously 59th)

Mace

Even Hodor says more than this jerk.

60. Maester Pycelle (Previously NR)

Pycelle

Congrats, Master Pycelle! You’ve taken Olly’s place as last in the rankings. And you shit yourself.

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More Power Rankings

S6 Ep. 1 – “Too Old For This Sh*t”

S6 Ep. 2 – “You Bastards!”

S6 Ep. 3 – “Oathbroken, Mic Drop”

S6 Ep. 4 – “Bow To Your Khaleesi”

S6 Ep. 5 – “What Willis Was Talking About”

S6 Ep. 6 – “The Ties That Bind”

S6 Ep. 7 – “There Will Be Blood”

S6 Ep. 8 – “I Choose Violence”

Game of Thrones Power Rankings: S6 Ep2 – “You Bastards!”

Each week, we give every episode at least 24 hours to breathe and for you to get caught up. After that, you’re clicking at your own risk. Spoilers ahead.

I think Carice van Houten, who plays Melisandre, summed up Season 6’s second episode perfectly.

Very happy, Carice. Very damn happy.

It was also a big episode for the bastards of Thrones. Ramsay followed the Sand Snakes’ lead. Tommen got closer to growing a pair. Then, dun dun dun, Jon Snow got (as the kids say) woke. And dragons…

But first a quick moment for the fallen:

– Roose Bolton

– Walda Bolton

– Baby Bolton

– Balon Greyjoy

– That jerk that shot an arrow at Wun Wun

Wun Wun

Let’s begin now.

1. Jon Snow (Previously 10th)

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The wait is over, Thrones friends! It didn’t even take 3 days for Jon to rise from the dead, thanks to Melisandre (and Ser Davos, even more). As Roose Bolton feared, a living Stark in the north is much more powerful than any Bolton (we’ll get that later). With Sansa heading his way to Castle Black, and a reputation for being almost immortal, Jon’s going to have quite a following in future days.

2. Tyrion Lannister (Previously 3rd)

Tyrion

“That’s what I do…I drink, and I know things.”

And knowing’s half the battle. Tyrion get major props for respecting the dragons and releasing them from their chains, without being eaten or burnt to a crisp. As the allies to Meereen fall, the dragons become an even fiercer weapon than whatever forces they neighboring “master” cities can conjure. In Daenerys’s absence, Tyrion wields that power now.

3. Ser Davos Seaworth (Previously 4th)

Davos

Melisandre may have brought Jon back to life, but it took Davos pushing her to do so. It was like was representing the fans of the show that didn’t want to believe Jon Snow was dead and his pep talk was on a Super Bowl coach level, if you ask me. One can assume now that he would be Jon’s #2 as their forces build.

4. Melisandre (Previously 11th)

Melisandre

To be honest, I loved Emo Melisandre. I was half-expecting to see her black eye-liner, goth lipstick and listening to Hawthorn Heights, given her mood after the first episode. But she kept her clothes on, got to work, and performed one more miracle…just like Davos said she would.

5. Cersei Lannister (Previously 13th)

Cersei

If anyone knows the game as well as Tyrion, it’s his sister Cersei. The plan for revenge appears to be in motion now, as she has guilted her way back into King Tommen’s good graces. One can assume she’ll be the one influencing his decisions going forward regarding the Sparrows and getting Margaery back. The King’s Guard seemed pretty relieved too, when she chose to not sick her Zombie Mountain on them.

6. Night’s King (Previously 5th)

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I’ll just continue to refer to the “Hardhome” episode, until he appears again.

 

7. Sansa Stark (Previously 1st)

Sansa

Sansa got her BIG LONG OVERDUE WIN last week and she seems set to head to Castle Black. That will definitely be the best course of action with Jon coming back from the dead and the opportunity to bring the north together, first against Ramsay.

8. Tormund Giantsbane (Previously 19th)

Tormund

Besides Wun Wun totally ragdolling a dude, Tormund led the charge into Castle Black. This one was way easier than the first time in Season 4. He also put one Crow down, which seemed to satisfy him greatly, and gave Alliser some fantastic sass. He’ll obviously be Jon’s key to the Wildling Army going forward, who will be amazed to see him walking again.

9. Brienne (Previously 2nd)

Brienne

It’s good to be on #TeamSansa, and really #TeamStark in general at the moment. One could imagine there will be some hiccups on the way to Castle Black, but Brienne has proven herself capable of handling just about anything at this point. You have to appreciate how polite she was with Sansa, when she totally could have pulled the “I told you so” card on her.

10. Varys (Previously 6th)

Varys

Varys has to feel better after seeing Tyrion tame the dragons in their lair. His resourcefulness for information surrounding Meereen also appear to be the council’s best asset after the dragons.

11. Zombie Mountain (Previously 15th)

Zombie Mountain

First #ZombieMountainSmash of the season was a great one. Jerk totally had it coming. The relief in the King’s guard’s faces was pretty priceless too after they realized they didn’t have to fight him…yet. Now unleash him on the damn Sparrows already!

12. The High Sparrow (Previously 16th)

High Sparrow

The High Sparrow remains high in the rankings here after flexing his mafia style muscles on Jaime. Very bold to send a message during his daughter’s funeral ceremony. I have to think Jaime will make him pay for that soon.

13. Jaime Lannister (Previously 7th)

Jaime

Like Cersei, Jaime seems to have influence over Tommen as well…and that’s going to come in handy as the Lannister siblings start their revenge campaign on everyone ever. Savvy to concede to the Sparrow when it’ll be way better to kill him down the road.

14. Ramsay Bolton (Previously 35th)

Ramsay

WORST. PERSON. EVER.

With that said, Ramsay is now the last Bolton in charge of his house and army. He also has zero honor, so that makes him more dangerous than most. He’s likely making a big mistake attacking Castle Black though, as his father warned. I also don’t think the Karstarks are the best house to align with, considering the head of the family broke his oath to Rob Stark in the first place.

15. Wun Wun The Giant (Previously 36th)

Wun Wun Enters

Who didn’t cheer when Wun Wun walked into Castle Black. All he needed was Stone Cold Steve Austin’s entrance music. 

16. Dolorous Edd (Previously 18th)

Edd

Did anyone expect to be calling Dolorous Edd “Lord Commander” when they first met him? Good for Edd, sticking by Jon’s side and rounding the Wildlings. We saw the leadership qualities in him during “Watchers on the Wall” and it’s cool that he has evolved to this now.

17. Daenerys Stormborn (Previously 12th)

Daenerys

We’ll likely learn more about Daenerys’s situation in the next episode, but for now she has Khal Moro’s protection and she’s safe. I still get the feeling she will be commanding even more respect in a short time’s notice with a new Dothraki army.

18. Khal Moro (Previously 14th)

Khal Moro

Khal Moro seems honorable. You worry about characters like him on this show though, as they let their guard down to the dangerous ones within their inner circle. Trusting Daenerys is smart and can pay off big time, if he survives.

19. Tommen Baratheon (Previously 27th)

Tommen

Tommen gets Top 20 status for simply being the king. He will also have the right people advising him as he makes his move to rescue his wife. The “should’ve, would’ve, could’ve” babble was a little whiny, but he’s being pointed in the right direction now. Unfortunately, Kings don’t last long this show.

20. Ellaria Sand (Previously 9th)

Ellaria Sand

Inactivity makes Ellaria slide a little. Not sure how relevant her storyline will be for a while, but it’s hard not to assume she’s in control of Dorne at the moment and that’s enough to respect at the moment.

21. Petyr Baelish (Previously 22nd)

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Hey, where’s Little Finger at? Not sure if he knew what would transpire with Sansa and the Boltons would happen, but he would look pretty damn smart if he did. Houses are going to be choosing sides in the north soon, and you wonder how much influence he has when they do.

22. The Three-Eyed Raven (Previously 31st)

Three-Eyed Raven

Finally! Some Three-Eyed Raven magic!

For the time being, I’d like to compare the Raven to Doc Brown and Bran is Marty McFly as they travel through time to learn about what’s to come.

23. Bran Stark (Previously 32nd)

Bran

Bran McFly is kinda grown up and learning about his family’s past. It’s impressive, but not as impressive as taking control over Hodor, a Direwolf or like…a dragon. It’ll all make sense soon though, right? (That’s what they keep telling us)

24. Rhaegal & Viserion (Previously 50th)

Dragons

Unchained and ready to get after it! For now, the dragons are the biggest X-Factor to the Meereen storyline. If Tyrion wants to restore order, he’ll need their help to do it by striking fear into just about EVERYONE. After what happened in the fighting pits, that seems pretty plausible.

25. Euron Greyjoy (Newbie)

Euron

After Euron tossed his big brother over the rail, I immediately thought of the scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

And now he’s “running” for King of the Iron Islands. Great.

26. Yara Greyjoy (Previously NR)

Yara

I’m confused. Balon told Yara she would become ruler. Apparently she still has a chance because she has to be “chosen”. Does that change when Theon returns though? Euron doesn’t seem too keen on letting either take charge…

27. Ghost (Previously 40th)

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You knew something was going to happen when Ghost got up, right? He’s gonna be SO HAPPY, I can’t wait (I’m a dog lover, I can’t help my excitement over things like this).

28. Jaqen H’gar (Previously 30th)

Joqen

The most mysterious character ever gets even more mysterious, as he tests Arya and her commitment to having no name. Is he going to give her sight back to her? How powerful is this guy? And where did Waif go?

29. Leaf (Previously NR)

Leaf

Apparently “The Children” age? Leaf appears a bit older since we saw her in S4. She also knows way more than anyone other than the Raven and can throw fireballs. I think that’s Top 30 worthy.

30. Hodor (Previously 39th)

Hodor

HODOR USED TO TALK NORMAL! In the flashbacks, that may be the most intriguing mystery of all…and I think it’s going to have to do with Benjen being sentenced to the Wall.

31. Tyene Sand (Previously 17th)

Tyene

Like Ellaria, I’m not sure how active Tyene and her sisters will be for a while. She’s definitely the most impressive of the 3 snakes, and will probably lure Bronn to her side if the opportunity ever arises.

32. Waif (Previously 43rd)

Waif

Okay, either Waif is super shifty or she has powers like Jaqen too. Guess we’ll see soon, won’t we.

33. Arya Stark (Previously 44th)

Arya

Yay, Arya’s catching on! And she has a roof again! Her story needs to speed up though. This is taking a while. I would recommend she take lessons from the Daredevil School of Blind Fighting too.

34. Podrick Payne (Previously 21st)

Pod

All I know about Pod is that you should never doubt him. Always has a surprise up his sleeve for those who underestimate him.

35. Theon Greyjoy (Previously 8th)

Theon

Theon takes a tumble only because he’s abandoning Sansa. She’s in good hands, but it wouldn’t hurt to have him nearby. I assume there will be payoff to him returning home, but for now he’s riding into a pretty murky situation there.

36. Ser Jorah Marmont (Previously 28th)

Jorah

#TrueDetectiveSeason3 continues…

37. Daario Naharis (Previously 29th)

Daario

…still think this guy’s shady though.

38. Kevan Lannister (Previously 23rd)

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Alright Kevan, ready your Lannister Army on some Sparrows…and then Ramsay because his father defied you.

39. Harald Karstark (Newbie)

Karstar

I think Harald is way over his head with Ramsay. 1) Bad idea to trust this jerk. 2) I don’t see how much sway the Karstarks really have after defying the Starks when they built their forces in the north.

40. Nymeria Sand (Previously 24th)

Nymera

Doing great Indiana Jones impressions, I’m sure.

41. Obara Sand (Previously 25th)

Obara

“Greedy bitch”, according to her sister. Take it up with her, not me. She said it.

42. Missandei (Previously 38th)

Missandei

Missandei can’t do too much without Daenerys but she did offer some valuable info to Tyrion, as he wanted to confirm how peaceful the dragons can be around strangers.

43. Grey Worm (Previously 42nd)

Greyworm

Okay Greyworm, stop being a Negative Nancy already and bring some boat burners to justice.

44. Aeron Greyjoy (Newbie)

Aeron

Aeron seems very sagely, but I have no idea what his agenda is with Yara and now Euron returning. And what does he have to say when Theon gets home?

45. Queen of Thorns (Previously 33rd)

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I think she’s bringing Hell to dinner soon…The longer her grandchildren wait, the more the heat gets cranked up.

46. Queen Margaery (Previously 26th)

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Margaery can’t do much from her cell, but she is serving as motivation for Tommen to bring down the Sparrows…and a good excuse for Cersei’s revenge.

 

47. Bronn (Previously 37th)

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What’s Bronn up to anyway? In a bar, singing…missing Tyene? Probably.

48. Samwell Tarley (Previously 45th)

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Sam is missed A LOT since leaving Castle Black.

49. Gilly (Previously 46th)

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…but at least Sam has Gilly.

50. Drogon (Previously 41st)

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Whenever Drogon is done licking his wounds, he can go save Daenerys. Anytime now…(tick, tick, tick)

51. Meera (Previously 47th)

Meera

I’m pretty confident that while Bran was training with the Raven for a year, Meera just sat out in the snow the entire time, feeling sorry for herself.

52. Rickon Stark (Previously 48th)

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“Never gonna give you up” – Rickon Astley

53. Osha (Previously 49th)

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…you neither.

54. Septa Unella (Previously 51st)

Septa

Hoping for a Cersei/Maergary double-team finishing move on her. A boy can dream.

 

55. Ser Alliser Thorne (Previously 20th)

Alliser

Lord Commander Edd is going to have fun with Alliser. At least he got one more bark at his men in before Wun Wun silenced them.

56. Ser Loras Tyrell (Previously 52nd)

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…I still don’t feel too good about Ser Loras, unfortunately.

57. Lancel Lannister (Previously 53rd)

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Zombie Mountain’s coming for ya, Lancel.

58. Olyvar (Previously 55th)

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The Sparrows don’t seem too keen on people of his ilk. Despite selling out Loras, I don’t get the impression they spared Olyvar either.

59. Mace Tyrell (Previously 55th)

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Still. So. Damn. Worthless.

60. Olly (Previously 56th)

Ollie

Jon won’t look away when he cuts this brat’s head off.

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